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Judge Kim C. Hammond, Legend From Seminole Gridiron to Flagler Courtroom, Dies at 72

| July 17, 2017

Judge Kim C. Hammond was appointed to the bench by Gov. Bob Graham in 1979 and spent his entire judicial in Flagler County, where the county courthouse now bears his name.

Boots, Stetson Hats and Tommy Guns Dress Up Flagler Sheriff’s Centennial Celebration

| July 11, 2017

Some 200 people gathered at the Flagler Sheriff’s centennial, including the families of eight sheriffs and three former sheriffs themselves as a torrid sun sweated out many memories.

Palm Coast’s Paul Renner is Named Speaker of Florida House in Historic Boost for Flagler

| June 30, 2017

Renner will serve in the powerful post for two years, starting in 2022. Local governments anticipate having more pull with state government appropriations.

1938-2017
James E. Gardner, ITT President
And Palm Coast Founder, Is Laid to Rest

| May 11, 2017

James E. Gardner, who died May 5 at age 78, led ITT as it built Palm Coast between 1978 and 1990, and served on or led innumerable civic and business organizations.

For Flagler County, A Powerful Note of Atonement For Injustices Toward Many Amid Celebration of a Century

| May 1, 2017

Flagler County marked its centennial on Saturday and Monday with celebrations that included words of a proclamation acknowledging half a century of injustices toward minorities in the county.

Marking Centennial, Flager Reads Its History Together As Jack Clegg’s Legends Creak Again

| March 10, 2017

Flagler County Historical Society Curator Sisco Deen launched the annual Flagler Reads Together this month with a talk focused on Jack Clegg, author of the county’s only history to date.

County Seeking Photo Contest Participants to Mark Flagler’s Centennial

| February 17, 2017

Prizes include $200 for Best of Show, as well as first-, second- and third place prizes by division of $150 – $100 – and $50, respectively. The deadline for submission is Monday, April 10.

Palm Coast Community Center’s Walls Crash As Shovels Ordain Much Bigger Successor Building

| February 14, 2017

Work crews put destruction on display at the old Palm Coast Community Center today, just after the city council marked the $7.8 million rebuilding and tripling of the site with a groundbreaking ceremony.

Commissioners Uneasy With Flagler’s Bail-Out of Agriculture Museum and New 400-Acre Park

| February 6, 2017

Flagler County government would pay off an $185,000 museum mortgage and grant it $25,000 a year while acquiring more than 400 acres of the museum’s land, calling it an “extension” of Princess Place Preserve.

Maxine Kronick, Fierce Doyenne of Local Arts and Children’s Theater, Dies On Approach of 80

| January 17, 2017

Maxine Kronick, actress, special events coordinator and arts champion, had co-founder Theaterrific in the late 1980s in Palm Coast, a theater program for poorer children, and remained involved in local theater at Buddy Taylor Middle School and elsewhere.

Gail Wadsworth Holds Court A Final Time as Flagler’s Political World Pays Tribute to Legacy

| December 16, 2016

Almost a dozen judges, innumerable elected officials, most of the courthouse staff and many others gathered today to bid farewell to Clerk of Court Gail Wadsworth, who retires after four terms and lifetimes of local politics.

For George Hanns, 24 Years As Commissioner End With a Long Goodbye and a Biting Roast

| November 21, 2016

The county administration gave George Hanns a farewell reception Monday afternoon, with some 100 people in attendance and touching moments mixing with humor and a colleague’s roast.

Lory Yazurlo, Owner of Defunct Pig Sanctuary, Is Killed In Van Fire on John Anderson Highway

| September 22, 2016

Lory Yazurlo, the 53-year-old owner of what was once a sprawling, 20-acre pig sanctuary in western Flagler, was killed early this morning as her van caught fire on John Anderson Highway, not far from her mother’s house. A paraplegic, Yazurlo was in the van, unable to get out.

Demolition Devours Another Chunk of Old Palm Coast as Backhoes Blitz ITT Building

| April 11, 2016

The massive building at 1 Corporate Drive had been ITT headquarters in Palm Coast’s nascent days then office and classroom space for the school district’s adult education programs. The building had its uses but was never a good investment for the district.

Florida’s Black Cowboys: An Exhibit Tours All Flagler Schools, Bucking Stereotypes

| February 8, 2016

The Florida Black Cowboys exhibit, produced by the Agriculture Museum, opens a window on a little-known part of Florida and American history. The exhibit will appear at every Flagler County school.

Bob Abbott, Ex-Flagler County Commissioner Who Straddled Downturn Years, Is Dead at 70

| January 29, 2016

Bob Abbott had defeated long-time commissioner Hershel King to serve one term on the Flagler County Commission, from 2006 to 2010. He’d made the Flagler Beach pier his second home before his illness set in.

A Beloved 85-Year-Old House on East Moody Is Leveled in Heap of Surprise and Consternation

| December 29, 2015

The demolition of the stately house at 401 East Moody Blvd. in Bunnell Monday shocked many, but time had run out after more than two years of warnings by the owner that he wanted the property cleared.

FHP’s Cpl. Pete Young, Flagler’s Longest-Serving Cop By Far, Earns Singular Medal

| September 17, 2015

With 500 traffic homicide investigations and into his 5th decade in law enforcement, Pete Young is the longest-serving uniformed cop in Flagler-Palm Coast. He has no plans to stop.

Rick Look, Long-Time Flagler Sheriff’s Chief Deputy and Cop’s Cop, Dies at 65

| July 16, 2015

Rick Look had been chief deputy for over seven years until three years ago under Sheriff Don Fleming, had two Purple Hearts and 42 years in law enforcement until his last four years’ battle with illness.

The Bunnell Festival Rises Phoenix-Like From Its Spuds to Celebrate Flagler’s Earthy Culture

| May 15, 2015

The Bunnell Festival revives what used to be the Potato Festival with a broader emphasis on Flagler’s agricultural and industrial heritage as it takes over the grounds at City Hall Saturday, May 16.

Sgt. Larry Jones, One of Flagler Sheriff’s First Black Deputies, Retires After 30 Years

| December 4, 2014

Jones’s career has straddled the best and worst of the county’s history. When he was hired in October 1984, Jones was only the fifth African-American deputy hired in Flagler County, which only a few years earlier had been the last county to desegregate its schools in Florida.

John Seay, Maverick Flagler Property Appraiser for a Quarter Century, Is Dead at 76

| September 8, 2014

John W. Seay’s tenure as Flagler property appraiser was highlighted by his victory over ITT in a four-year lawsuit ITT had started, only to end with the company agreeing to pay the equivalent of $4.7 million, in today’s dollars, in back taxes.

As Committee Tours Old Courthouse, Size and Financial Viability Loom Larger Than Repairs

| June 25, 2014

Wednesday’s tour was the first time most committee members had a chance to see the building from within. The Flagler County Commission earlier this month appointed the seven-member committee to recommend what to do with the 50,000-square-foot courthouse, as the county is no longer willing to be its caretaker.

70 Years Ago: Remembering 15 Flagler County GIs Who Took Part in the D-Day Landing in Normandy

| June 5, 2014

Of the over 400 individuals from this county who answered the call of duty in World War II, 15 Flagler Countians were on duty in England in June 1944, in preparation for the D-Day landing in Normandy. Here are their stories as culled by the Flagler Tribune at the time.

Now Leery of Old Courthouse, Bunnell Fears Money Pit and Talks of Giving It Back

| March 25, 2014

With two commissioners ready to give back the old courthouse to the county, Bunnell opted Monday to get more solid bids on what it would cost the city to turn the problematic building into its city hall, but the city administration drew a bleak picture of finances that cannot bear new burdens regardless.

A Flagler Farewell to 2013: The Local Year in Review

| January 1, 2014

A tornado, plane crashes and mishaps, Flagler County going bonkers for clunkers, a spate of murders in Palm Coast, Flagler Beach’s firehouse follies, Bunnell’s reality show: 2013 is ending not a moment too soon. But first, a review.

A Divided Bunnell Accepts Old Courthouse Despite Mounting Questions About Mold and Other Issues

| November 26, 2013

The 3-2 vote of the Bunnell City Commission was fraught with questions about the conditions of the 49,700 square foot building, which is in serious disrepair, shows evidence of leaks and possibly mold, and may cost upward of $5 million to be functional again, though Bunnell says nit would only refurbish a portion of it at a lower cost.

Bunnell’s Burden: A Photo Gallery of the Old Flagler County Courthouse and Annex

| November 26, 2013

A 50-image photo gallery provides the first comprehensive inside look at the conditions of the old Flagler County Courthouse and annex, which Bunnell acquired at no cost on Nov. 26. But the city is now responsible for all repair and maintenance costs of both attached structures. The costs will be heavy.

An Old House’s Fate Divides Bunnell as History, Character and Property Rights Clash

| September 26, 2013

An old house hooked to a demolition order and the property it sits on at 401 East Moody Boulevard are suddenly at the center of a clash between a city commission and residents looking to preserve—if not define—the city’s character along its main east-west road on one hand, and the property rights of its residents on the other. That battle may be determined by how the issues surrounding the house and the property are resolved.

Jerry Full, Palm Coast Founder and Exuberant Environmentalist, Is Dead at 86

| April 12, 2013

Jerry Full, one of the founding members of the Palm Coast City Council, thought, spoke and lived at speeds defying limits, and lived lives as if he would never run out of them. Full died on March 28 in Ossining, N.Y. He was 86.

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